The march may also spotlight the “I Am Vanessa Guillen Act.” 6 Information plans to livestream the occasion, beginning at 11 a.m. CT.
WASHINGTON D.C., DC — U.S. lawmakers will probably be among the many many becoming a member of Spc. Vanessa Guillen’s household on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Thursday morning to march for justice for the late Fort Hood soldier.
The “March For Justice For Vanessa Guillen” occasion begins at 9 a.m. CT and can final till 1p.m. CT. There will probably be a information convention on Capitol Hill at 11 a.m. CT.
6 Information plans to livestream the information convention.
The aim of the march is to spotlight the “I Am Vanessa Guillen Act,” a invoice that might permit troopers who’re victims of sexual violence to report incidents exterior their chain-of-command.
“We’re marching for Justice for Vanessa Guillen,” a information flyer of the occasion reads. “We won’t cease preventing to guard our Troopers from sexual misconduct within the Navy.”
The household’s lawyer, Natalie Khawam advised 6 Information again in September that Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) agreed so as to add the invoice as an modification to the nationwide protection authorization act.
The Guillen household and Khawam have been working with lawmakers to go the act in an effort to reform the navy justice system by bettering how sexual violence incidents are addressed by navy officers so troopers really feel assured about coming ahead with reviews.
“Sen. Gillibrand’s Modification to incorporate Claims for our Troopers MUST be included within the 2022 NDAA, in any other case there will probably be no accountability,” the information flyer reads. “With no proper to file a declare, our Troopers haven’t any reduction. Our Troopers want and deserve reduction!”
In Texas, an analogous invoice known as the Vanessa Guillen Act, was signed in June and went into impact Sept. 1. The Texas model of the invoice goals to guard state navy members who report sexual assault with out worry of retaliation, lack of confidentiality or concern that nothing will probably be carried out in the event that they report.
Guillen was killed on April 22, 2020 in an armory room on Fort Hood by Spc. Aaron Robinson, in response to a prison criticism within the case. Robinson, with the assistance of his girlfriend Cecily Aguilar, dismembered Guillen’s physique and buried the stays close to the Leon River in Bell County, per the criticism.
Her physique was discovered simply over two months afterward June 30, 2020. Robinson shot and killed himself the following day as authorities closed in on him to arrest him.
Guillen advised her household she was sexually harassed however they stated she didn’t report it for worry of retaliation.
Aguilar is charged with tampering with paperwork or proceedings and conspiracy to tamper with paperwork or proceedings for her function in Guillen’s demise and disappearance.